Accessible bathroom conversion: Avoid these nine mistakes

Accessible bathrooms are no longer just a necessity for people with limited mobility. Accessible bathroom conversions enable people with physical disabilities, older people, and families with small children to use the bathroom safely and without obstacles. In this article, we show you the nine mistakes to avoid when converting to an accessible bathroom. 

Converting to an accessible bathroom offers comfort and future-proofing for all residents – regardless of whether they already need assistance or not. In addition to providing support in everyday life, accessible design increases the attractiveness and value of a property. However: Not all accessibility is the same. 

1. Inadequate spatial planning

Inadequate spatial planning is a crucial mistake in accessible bathroom conversions. Generous space is particularly important when wheelchairs, walking frames, or care staff for personal hygiene are involved. Sufficient movement and meeting areas are essential in order to ensure optimum support for the individual everyday lives of your customers. In addition to an optimized floor plan, the strategic placement of aids such as swing-up grab bars is crucial.

2. Overlooked security risk

Overlooked safety risks are a critical mistake in accessible bathroom conversions. Limited strength, unsteady walking, and a child’s lack of knowledge represent an increased risk potential. Support is essential so that your customers can use the bathroom safely. Grab rails offer flexible support at the sink or toilet or in the shower – precisely where help is needed. Intelligent sanitary solutions such as thermostats with scald protection also help to make everyday life safer. The body of our SAFE TOUCH shower thermostat has a safety housing that does not get hot – a protective measure for children and the elderly who could accidentally set the water too hot.


3. Individual usage needs neglected

Individual needs in an accessible bathroom are more diverse than in any other room. From challenges when sitting down or standing up to coping with a lack of strength and limited mobility – an accessible bathroom must take into account the specific circumstances of the user in order to ensure a self-determined and comfortable everyday life.

Our mobile solutions from System 900 can be adapted to a wide range of requirements. In addition to shower seats and swing-up grab bars, we offer a wide range of additional adaptations. One major advantage is that holding devices for swing-up grab bar or shower stools can be taken into account during the planning phase of the bathroom renovation without having to be installed immediately. This means that the sanitary products are available exactly when the users need them.

4. Low illumination

In order make orientation easier and minimize the risk of injury, good lighting should be planned for the accessible bathroom conversion. Especially in the dark winter months and at night, light is essential in order to be able to use the bathroom safely.

Our illuminated mirrors feature glare-free LEDs with a satin edge. Your customers’ faces are ideally and evenly illuminated, and the accessible bathroom is brightened up. This provides the necessary safety in the bathroom.


5. Showering and bathing with barriers

An accessible shower conversion is often the first step towards an accessible bathroom conversion. A shower base or even a shower tray is completely unsuitable for accessible bathroom conversions. Floor-level showers provide a remedy here. Because there are no thresholds in the shower area, they are accessible for everyone, and aids such as walking frames can be easily taken into the shower. Read this article to find out how to make showers accessible. The accessible shower can be ideally complemented with an innovative magnetic shower holder. The solution is not only extremely user-friendly but also safe and easy to maintain. The magnetic shower head holder is easy to use and is particularly suitable for users with physical disabilities because there are no push buttons.

6. Choosing the wrong bathroom fittings

In every project, the ideal bathroom fittings play an important role for planners. However, this component is even more important in an accessible bathroom conversion. Individual needs require flexible sanitary solutions that respond optimally to requirements. Height-adjustable sinks and toilets are the ideal solution for accessible bathrooms. The solutions can be flexibly adjusted so that they are comfortable for all users and make it easier to transfer from a wheelchair or roll under the sink with a wheelchair.

7. Underestimating the effect of color

The fact that color design in rooms has a major influence on people’s health and self-determination has now been scientifically confirmed. If your customers have visual impairments, these should be taken into account when choosing the color for an accessible bathroom conversion. It has been proven that contrasts are easier to perceive and help with orientation. In addition, high-contrast sanitary products promote intuitive use because they visualize how to use them. With our solutions from System 800K and our dementia sink with red accents, you can help customers with impaired vision or dementia lead as independent a life as possible. This is because the colors red and anthracite are better perceived by those affected.


Avoiding hurdles in accessible bathroom conversions

An accessible bathroom conversion needs to be well thought out. Aspects such as sufficient space, safety, individual requirements, ideal lighting, subsidies and grants, floor-level showers, suitable bathroom fittings, and the color scheme all play a part in the planning process so that you can design your a comfortable and convenient bathroom for your customers and everyone involved is completely satisfied. Our tips will help you avoid stumbling blocks in accessible bathroom conversions.



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